Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

For years my best friend back in the UK would book the day off work and pull an all-nighter be­fore it to watch the Os­cars live from Hol­ly­wood. The time dif­fer­ence meant it was ei­ther that, or catch up on who won what the fol­low­ing day, long af­ter the event, and she didn’t want to risk miss­ing the live ac­tion, warts and all. Now she doesn’t have to worry. She can – like the rest of us – tune into all the back­stage prepa­ra­tions, ex­cite­ment and drama on Twit­ter and Instagram as Tinseltown, and all its A-lis­ters, count down to the big mo­ment when the win­ners are an­nounced.

Ahead of this year’s Os­cars, we’ve spo­ken to the peo­ple who live and breathe the big­gest of Hol­ly­wood nights to re­veal ex­actly what goes on in the months, weeks, days and hours lead­ing up to the cer­e­mony. They’ve got the low-down on page 16 on the glam-squad, de­sign­ers, nu­tri­tion­ists and plas­tic sur­geons all the stars swear by to make them look their best for the red car­pet. We have the beauty and diet se­crets of LA’s finest on page 54 and an in-depth travel fea­ture on the City of An­gels it­self on page 64.

But it’s not all about the Os­cars – we’ve got an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with actress Esha Gupta, although she does have her sights firmly set on Tinseltown once she’s cracked Bol­ly­wood. Turn to page 27 to read how hard work helped her rise quickly to the top and what she has planned next af­ter her whis­tle-stop tour of Dubai.

En­joy the Os­cars. Un­til next week,

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